Stuffed Pasta Shells


This stuffed shells dinner was super fast and easy to make, and every one loved it! I found it on the Crockpot site, but didn’t use my crock pot!


  • 1 box Jumbo Pasta Shells
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped (I skipped this as my kids don’t like onion)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 c Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 c lowfat ricotta cheese
  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce, or your own homemade sauce!


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook pasta shells according to directions, just until tender.
  • Meanwhile, brown beef, onion and garlic on stovetop, drain.
  • Mix remaining ingredients in bowl and add beef mixture when done.
  • Line bottom of 9×13 pan with some of the sauce
  • Stuff shells and place in pan as you go.
  • Cover finished shells with sauce
  • Bake (covered w/foil) at 350 degrees for 40 minutes
  • During last 10 minutes of cooking top with a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese until melted.

Serve with: Garlic bread and salad! Enjoy!

Tip: This makes a great freezer meal, simply prepare as directed above EXCEPT don’t bake! Cover casserole dish and freeze. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in refrigerator then bake (covered w/foil) at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. During last 10 minutes of cooking top with a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese until melted.


  • Tiffany January 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm


  • Mama Teaching 3 January 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    What a yummy dinner!

  • Carrie January 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    So easy and yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Michelle January 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    This sounds great, I will have to give it a try :0)

  • Tawna January 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Yum! I love stuffed shells! 🙂

  • Susan January 29, 2010 at 12:33 am

    YUMMYYY! Do you think you could prepare the night before – boil the shells and cook the filling – then just stuff and cook them the day of? Always trying to shave time off my dinner crunch.

  • Heather Lei August 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    What crockpot site? In the summer I don’t use my oven due to the triple digit heat.

  • Luz Maria Segura August 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I had a question about your stuffed pasta shells can I also use chicken?

    • erica August 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Luz Maria, I guess you could use chicken, probably anything you want :o) I’ve never tried it though!

  • Michele August 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Quick Question – is there anything you can substitute the ricotta cheese with? I wasn’t sure you could just leave it out since you have to mix it with the egg…any ideas what might work?

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Michele December 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

      I always substitute cream cheese for ricotta. There’s something about the texture of ricotta that I don’t like. I do this in my lasagna as well and no one even knows that there isn’t ricotta in there.


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